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Knocked out early.

May 11 at Anaheim.  

Short take:  At least Garland lasted 5+ innings.

Kenny Williams'
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Today's Mileage:
8
"Hopefully, most Sox Fans were asleep."

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The bad news is the Sox lost on the west coast again.  The good news is, they didn't embarrass themselves quite as much as Friday's debacle.  The final was 6-3.  It looks just like any of the other Sox losses, which seem to be accumulating recently. 

Thank God they're coming home.  Too bad they can't just skip Sunday's game.

Any Sox Fan left with a pulse after Friday's disaster was quickly admitted to intensive care after Jon Garland pitched the first inning in this one.  A two-run dinger had Anaheim off to the races quickly.  Garland's five hits allowed, plus a walk, gave the Angels all the offense they would need.  The score was 5-0, and vital signs for Sox Fans were fading fast.

Looking to shake things up, Jerry Manuel saw fit to juggle his line up.  Frank Thomas was dropped in the order; he went 1 for 2 with two walks in the #5 slot.  Ray Durham swapped places with Jose Valentin, going 0 for 4 with a strikeout in the #6 slot.  Valentin faired hardly better, 1 for 4 batting second. 

It's anybody's guess how Magglio Ordonez would have done in the #3 slot since he left the game with a sore back after just one at-bat.  Replacement Aaron Rowand doubtlessly would love more chances to sit in the middle of the line up, going 2 for 3 while seeing plenty of fastballs. 

The net effect for all of this change was basically nothing.  Paul Konerko (batting #4) hit a two-run shot in the sixth, and Jose Valentin doubled home Kenny Lofton with two out in the seventh.  Sox Fans, that just ain't enough to win American League baseball.

Most strangely of all, why juggle this line up?  Though the team has been hitting like crap on the west coast, they've been scoring runs at an unbelievable rate, too.  Is Jerry Manuel pressing the panic button about his offense?  Sox Fans wonder if he wouldn't be better served pressing the panic button about his pitching!

Or perhaps, GM Kenny Williams ought to be pressing that panic button?  "Earth to Kenny:  wake up!"

The horse already having left the barn, Garland settled down enough to last into the sixth inning.  Damaso Marte and Rocky Biddle got some work in on the bump to finish the last three innings.  Yes, Marte let one of his inherited runners to score.  What else is new?  

Sunday the Sox get to break up the three-game losing streak with Gary Glover leading on the mound.  Sox Fans, keep the medication nearby.


George Bova is editor and founder of White Sox Interactive.

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